Faith and Blessings



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    2 Kings 4:1-7 says, “A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the LORD. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.” [2] So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” [3] Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. [4] “And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” [5] So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. [6] Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. [7] Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”

    This woman’s husband died owing a debt and according to the law of the time his children would be sold into slavery to pay the debt. This woman went to the prophet Elisha asking what she should do. She was told to go and borrow pots...and not a few. She was told to take her oil and pour it out into the pots she borrowed. She went and borrowed the pots and when she took them back home she closed the door and began filling pots with oil. After she had filled all of the pots, the oil stopped.

    Have you ever wondered what would had happened if she had borrowed more pots? She was greatly blessed this day with enough money to pay the debt and still have some left over. Yet the blessing was only as large as her faith. Had she only gathered two pots, then that is all she would have received. Had she gathered 100 more pots, I have no doubt that they would all have been filled.

    Is it possible that sometimes our blessings are limited by our faith. We know that Gods blessings are limitless, yet when we lack faith we cut off Gods means of blessing us. As our faith grows, so will our blessings.